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New Gaming Build (first time) Under £900

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June 9, 2012 2:25:50 PM

I am looking to build a gaming pc capable of playing games such as Skyrim and Battlefield 3 to a high level. I also want this pc to last several years without needing frequent upgrades. My total budget, including software, monitor, wireless card etc is around £900.

This is my first attempt to build a pc and, though I have spent much of the last few days immersing myself in forums such as these, I am still far from an expert. So any advice would be greatly appreciated!

From my research I have found that I am looking for something similar to the build suggested in pc gamer in May 2012:

Below is the build I am planning on going for based on the suggestions of pc gamer but with a few personal changes.
It would be great if you could give me feedback on my suggested set up (is it even compatible?!), telling me where you think I could cut down, bulk up and swap. Also if you know of anywhere I can get these products cheaper that would be great too!

CPU- i5 3570k - £168 - (I am quite happy with this CPU, not really looking to change it)

GPU- HIS HD 7850 IceQ X 2048MB GDDR5 - £200 - (This something I was thinking of changing. When PC gamer suggested it, it was on sale for a bit cheaper. Is there another graphics card of similar quality on the market for less?)

RAM- Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB- £40 (fairly happy with this)

Hardrive- Seagate Barracuda 1 TB- £67.50 - (chose this instead of the suggested Western digital caviar green because of poor reviews. I definitely won't need more than 1TB)

Fan- Pc Gamer left out a CPU fan. Do I need one, if so which one should I get?

Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H - £80 (I know nothing about motherboards)

Case- Bitfenix Merc- £32 (seems like good value)

Power supply- OCZ ZS Series 650W - £60 -

Optical Drive - Samsung SH 222AB - £10 -

Wireless adapter- TP Link- TL-wn951N-
£25 -

Windows 7 - £70 -

I have my own mouse, keyboard and speaker already.
I am really unsure about a monitor. I was hoping to get a good one for under £100. Is that possible? (PC Gamer suggested the AOC i2353Ph for £140)
The final provisional cost without a fan (as mentioned) and without a sound card (I am not really that bothered about sound quality, I am assuming the mother board's sound will be ok) is around £850.

Thank you for reading. As I have said, any help would be amazing!

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June 9, 2012 2:37:02 PM

Also, answers to the normal questions-
I live in the UK.
Attempts at overclocking are very unlikely.
I don't mind what website it is from as long as it ships fairly quickly and cheaply!
June 9, 2012 3:27:59 PM

That's a pretty solid build there.
For a monitor you really want a 24" screen, which are around £150, I got an ASUS VE248H off of amazon for £151 a month or 2 ago and it hasn't let me down.
Also, the stock cooler on my i7 2600k was pretty dire, it was reaching 90 Degrees C on max so I got a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus, great cooler.
Overall that is a pretty nice build, when I built my PC I got almost everything off of amazon due to it being the cheapest or on Par with other retailers and amazons customer support is superb, when my Mobo onboard sound died, I called up amazon and I got the reply, "We'll send you another one, send back your one back whenever"
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June 9, 2012 9:56:47 PM

Thanks for your help!
I will definitely look for all the parts on amazon, they are very reliable.
The cooler looks good, might well get it.
I was thinking of getting this screen-
It is cheap and 22" but I doubt the quality is great.
Any suggestions for an alternative graphics card?
June 9, 2012 11:33:18 PM

Do I need a graphics card from the 7850 , or could I get away with the 7750 w
June 9, 2012 11:40:22 PM

Sorry for the mistype.
I meant to say:
Do I need a graphics card from the 7850/7870 series? Or would one from the 7750/7770 series do a similar job for £100 less?
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June 9, 2012 11:52:25 PM

It would do a lot worse.
June 10, 2012 8:07:18 AM

Put this together on

MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]
Fractal Design Core 3000 Black Midi Tower Chassis
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)
ASRock Z75 Pro3 (Socket 1155/Intel Z75/DDR3/S-ATA 600/ATX)
550W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply
Intel Core i5-3450 3.10GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail
1TB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive
LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW with DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black
Microsoft Comfort Curve Desktop 2000 Wired Black USB Keyboard & Mouse Bundle - OEM
GIGABYTE WindForce Radeon HD 7850 OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
22" Dell UltraSharp U2212HM Widescreen IPS LED Monitor - Black

Total price (VAT and P&P): £871.96
June 10, 2012 2:25:32 PM

thanks for all the advice. i will check it all out and make some changes!